It wasn’t too many years ago that I was what I like to call a "Costco Mom", you know the type that shops once a month and fills the freezer and pantry with a bunch of processed packaged food that can be popped into the toaster over or added to a pot of boiling water. I was also the mom who fed my family from a drive thru window a lot more often than I care to admit. We were also all on prescriptions and overweight. It is hard to go from that to a person who eats kale smoothies overnight.
I needed to gradually begin using my kitchen, gradually introduce new foods and learn how to integrate them into what we were accustomed to eating or I would have had a mutiny on my hands. It took me years to add healthier options in and crowd out the processed and packaged food like substances. I really like Michael Pollan’s approach, of focusing on eating real food, mostly plants and not too much. I also needed to brush up on my kitchen skills; for that I turned to the Food Network, and became a huge fan of Alton Brown, I loved that he explained why we should do specific things to get the results we want.
I think most of us understand that what we chose to put on our plates has a big impact on our health. So many of us are too busy, too tired or think it’s too hard to prepare tasty healthy meals. I had these same road blocks, but over time I developed my own short cuts and systems to make sure it was just as easy to make a tasty healthy meal at home as it was to leave the house and dine out. Just like before my freezer has made my life so much easier, I prep several meals a few days a month so I have home-made healthy options on hand all the time.
I believe cooking at home is the most important step to eating better. This year I will be creating several guides for healthy meal preparations. My first Reclaim Your Kitchen guide will be available in mid March. This will be a step by step guide to help you put 20 meals in your freezer in a few hours so you’ll have dinner ready in minutes at least 5 days each week. This first guide will focus on Summer favorites and is designed to get you back into the kitchen. Although the recipes are based on an anti-inflammatory diet there is room to modify for any dietary choices, including not ready to give up specific foods.
If you don’t always eat what you think is good for you, I’d love the hear what road blocks are getting in your way or what foods you are struggling to cut back on.